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Each week we will discuss all the exciting news about what is happening in the beautiful Space Coast!

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Episode 116 - Harry and Harriet Moore Museum

 

Join us on 321 Lift Off for a conversation about the Harry and Harriet Moore Museum located in Mims on Florida’s Space Coast

Harry T. Moore and his wife, Harriette, were educators by profession. They lived in Mims, Florida, a small citrus town near Orlando, and taught in segregated public schools in and around Brevard County from 1925 to 1946. The Moore’s were the first civil rights activists of the modern civil rights era in the State of Florida. Harry organized the first Brevard County Branch of the NAACP in 1934 and became President of the Florida Conference of NAACP branches in 1941.

On Christmas night in 1951, after the Moore family celebrated Christmas and the couple’s 25th wedding anniversary, a bomb exploded under the bedroom of Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore’s home in Mims. Mr. Moore died in the blast, while Mrs. Moore died nine days later.

Listen and watch as we learn more about the Moore's and the Harry and Harriet Moore Museum, which includes a replica of the home positioned on the original home site to look the same way it did on that tragic day of the bombing. The museum is free to visit and is truly a hidden gem located on the Space Coast of Florida.

#blackhistory

 

#mims

 

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Episode 115Brevard Cultural Alliance

It’s always the season of the arts on Florida’s Space Coast. Let an expert like Kathy Engerran, Executive Director of the Brevard Cultural Alliance (BCA) guide you to the cultural attractions, performers, and places that distinguish the Space Coast from other Florida destinations and contribute to its cultural identity.

As the designated local arts agency, the Brevard Cultural Alliance (BCA) provides a unified voice for the cultural sector of the Space Coast while providing high-quality programs, services, marketing, promotional efforts, and advocacy for the cultural community and visitors to the Space Coast to thrive.

Join us as when we speak with Kathy Engerran, Executive Director of the Brevard Cultural Alliance, and learn more about what all the cultural arts and events the Space Coast has to offer visitors

#culture

 

#brevardcounty

 

#travelpodcast


 

 

Episode 114 - Space Coast Mural Festival

Welcome back to 321 Lift Off! Join us when we learn more about the Space Coast Mural Festival.

The Space Coast Mural Festival, which started as the Cocoa Beach Mural Project several years ago, has transformed into a weekend-long festival with global interaction through live streaming and online voting.

Listen to us live as we talk about how visitors to the festival, in-person and online, can view the artists at work and the completed murals that bring vibrancy to Downtown Cocoa Beach.


 

Episode 113 -  Airboat Rides at Midway is an Experience Like None Other!

Welcome back to 321 Lift Off! Join us when we sit down with Derrick Lockhart, Owner of Airboat Rides at Midway.

Airboat Rides at Midway provide guests the ability to see wild alligators, various birds, and other wildlife from the airboat's elevated seating. It’s An exhilarating experience on the St. John’s River.

Listen to us live as we talk about the Midway Experience guests can participate in when they take an airboat tour with Airboat Rides at Midway


 

 

Episode 112 -Gatorland is a Florida MUST-SEE Attraction You Have to Visit on Your Next Vacation

Gatorland is a Florida MUST-SEE Attraction You Have to Visit on Your Next Vacation

Welcome back to 321 Lift Off! Join us when we sit down with Brandon Fisher,  The Director of Media Relations for Gatorland!

Gatorland, also known as the "Alligator Capital of the World" since 1949, provides affordable-priced family fun with thousands of alligators & crocodiles to see, an aviary, a breeding marsh with an observation tower, a petting zoo, a nature walk, and an award-winning gift shop.

Listen to 321 Liftoff podcast live as we talk about the various reptiles and animals that call Gatorland home, their one-of-a-kind attractions, and what families can expect on their next trip to Gatorland!

 

Episode 111 The Henegar Center for the Arts in Melbourne

Break a leg with us as we sit down with Dominic Del Brocco, Executive Artistic Director for the Henegar Center for the Arts in Melbourne.

The Henegar Center is a live performing arts theatre located in the heart of Downtown Melbourne Florida which presents award-winning Broadway musicals and plays.

Listen to us live as we talk about Dominic's theatrical career of performing, directing, coaching, developing talent, and leading productions, the history of the Henegar Center, and the variety of plays put on in the past, present, and future!


 

 

Episode 110 - Experience Mexican Cuisine at Margarita Island: Mexican Kitchen and Bar

Experience Mexican Cuisine at Margarita Island: Mexican Kitchen and Bar

Welcome back to 321 Lift Off! Join us when we sit down with David Gonzalez from Margarita Island, located at the Merritt Square Mall on Merritt Island.

Margarita Island offers a sophisticated flavor proposal with traditional recipes from their Mexican, exclusive gastronomic creations to please all palates.

Listen to us live as we talk about the best Mexican flavors, from fresh guacamole to excellent cuts of meat and the best margaritas and cocktails in the region. Margarita Island provides unique flavors, a beachy atmosphere, and the hospitality of the people of Mexico!

 

#mexicanfood #mexicanrestaurant #food #spacecoast


 

 

 

Episode 109Explore Florida's Most Perfect Rustic Barn Wedding Venue at Ever After Farms

Welcome back to 321 Lift Off! Prepare to live happily ever after when we feature the staff from Ever After Farms in Mims.

Ever After Farms is a diversified commercial agricultural operation with farms across the State of Florida and is best known for Florida's most perfect rustic barn wedding venues. Their Blueberry & Peach Farms are in the Central Florida farming community of Mims and conveniently located about 50 minutes from downtown Orlando, Daytona Beach, Deltona, Melbourne, and Palm Bay.

Listen to us live as we talk about the 2022 Blueberry and Peach picking season, the unique wedding venue in the beautiful Blueberry Barn, where couples can get married in a beautiful vineyard-like setting situated on 17 acres. We will also be discussing the other farms owned by Ever After Farms that spread out across the State of Florida


 

Episode 108 -Take Your Vacation To The Next Level At Surf and Ski Watersports!

 

Welcome back to 321 Lift Off! Join us as we discuss Surf and Ski Watersports on Merritt Island.

Surf and Ski Watersports has jet ski, boat, kayak, paddleboard, and fishing pole rentals with a Bait and Tackle shop that offers both live and frozen bait.

Listen to us live as we talk about the Surf and Ski Watersports business, the different watersports guests can partake in, and their Italian Ice imported directly from Brooklyn, New York!

 

#watersports #surfing #ski #jetski


Episode 107 - Sail to New Heights With 321 Kiteboarding and Watersports on the Space Coast!

 

Welcome back to 321 Lift Off 321! Sail to new heights when we head to 321 Kiteboarding and Watersports. 321 Kiteboarding and Watersports is the go-to kiteboarding center in Central Florida, and multiple riding spots are available throughout the Cocoa Beach area. We will be discussing the different kiteboards for sale at 321 Kiteboarding and Watersports, their kiteboarding lessons, and the various types of watersport rentals available for guests to have an exciting day in the sun.


 

 

Episode 106 Finding another Hidden Gem on Cocoa Beach with Squid Lips Overwater Grill

Welcome back to 321 Lift Off. Join us as we sit down with Buz Underill, CEO of Squid Lips Overwater Grill on Cocoa Beach.

Squid Lips Overwater Grill consistently delivers quality food and friendly and attentive service while providing a unique and casual atmosphere to enhance your dining experience, with three restaurants on the east coast of central Florida in Cocoa Beach, Melbourne & Sebastian. Give them a try…You won’t be disappointed!

We will be onsite at the restaurant, where they believe a quality meal begins at the back door because to serve the best product, they have to start with the best product.

 

#food #cocoabeach #restaurant


 

Episode 105 Beautiful Brevard Parks, Recreation and Beaches

Welcome back to 321 Lift Off! Join us as we sit down with Mary Ellen Donner, Director of Brevard County Parks & Recreation, and Mike McGarry, Program Manager for Brevard Beaches, Boating, and Waterways.

Located on Florida's Space Coast, the mission of the Brevard County Parks and Recreation Department is to enhance the quality of life by providing many types and levels of service that reflect the interest and values of citizens and visitors. While Brevard Beaches, Boating, and Waterways offer an outstanding beach management program for the citizens of Brevard County by managing or participating in the preservation of nearly 40 miles of beaches.

We are at the Cocoa Village Playhouse discussing the various amenities and activities residents and visitors can participate in on and off the beach, local ordinances for the beach, including dogs and bonfires, and the various programs offered throughout Brevard County.


 

 

Episode 104 - Upgrade Your Next Vacation with an Amazing Townhome rental at Cape Crossing and Dine at Dolphins Waterfront Bar and Grill

 

 

Welcome back to 321 Lift Off! Join us as we sit down with Ruby Daniel, General Manager of Cape Crossing Resort and Marina in Merritt Island.

 

Cape Crossing Resort and Marina offers stunning townhome and condo vacation rentals in a convenient locale to Central Florida beaches, theme parks, boating, and much more. From kayaks to rocket launches, Cape Crossing has something for everyone to enjoy. Cape Crossing is also home to Dolphins Waterfront Bar and Grill, the largest tiki bar and restaurant on Florida’s Space Coast.

 

We will be onsite at the resort discussing Dolphins Waterfront Bar and Grill, their menus, drinks specials, and how the staff creates wonderful memories for new generations of locals and visitors alike


 

Episode 103 A Space Coast "Must See" at Sandbar Sports Grill in Cocoa Beach 

Welcome back to 321 Lift Off. Join us as we sit down with Nick Stricklin, General Manager of Sandbar Sports Grill in Cocoa Beach.

Sandbar Sports Grill in Cocoa Beach is the best place on the beach to enjoy delicious food, rock out to great local bands, and has developed a reputation as a “must visit” for tourists and locals alike. We will be onsite at the restaurant discussing the relaxed atmosphere, their amazing Hurricanes, and the wide selection of food that is crafted to be less ordinary


Episode 102 - Gateway: The Deep Space Launch Complex at Kennedy Space Center With Howard Schwartz

Prepare to launch when we sit down with Howard Schwartz, Senior Director of Marketing, Sales, and Education at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

Kennedy Space Center is where humankind first left Earth to explore the heavens. The mission for exploration is still alive, and the future of space exploration launches here. More interactive than a museum, more inspirational than a science center, and more authentic and educational than a theme park, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex offers a mix of thrilling simulators, breathtaking attractions, behind-the-scenes tours, interactive exhibits, larger-than-life 3D space films, rocket launch viewing opportunities and more.

We will be discussing Gateway: The Deep Space Launch Complex which will open to the public on June 15, 2022, where guests can discover the current and upcoming cutting-edge innovations of space exploration from NASA and their commercial partners. The state-of-the-art attraction puts guests at the center of the spaceport of the future and launches them aboard one of four unforgettable journeys to distant worlds on an immersive ride. Today's episode was recorded at the beautiful Cocoa Beach Chamber!


Episode 101 Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse

Welcome back to 321 Lift Off. Join us as we speak with Dr. Anastacia Hawkins-Smith, Chief Executive Officer & Artistic Director of the Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse and Sally Kalarovich, Artistic Director for Stars of Tomorrow

Established as the Aladdin Theater, the doors opened to the public on August 18, 1924, showing silent movies. Later, Brevard’s first “talkie” movie house became known as “the showplace of the Indian River Section.” Several owners and several decades later, the auditorium was acquired by the City of Cocoa, changing the name to The Cocoa Village Playhouse. The Brevard County Community College District Board of Trustees purchased the playhouse in 1984 for $1 from the city. In 1991, the auditorium was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in Tallahassee. In the Spring of 2011, Brevard Community College returned ownership of the Cocoa Village Playhouse to the City of Cocoa, who started a million-dollar renovation on the building in 2012. Today, the City of Cocoa still owns the playhouse, and it is considered one of the most beautiful theatres in Florida.

We will be on stage at the Cocoa Village Playhouse, discussing the rich history of the auditorium, the Stars of Tomorrow youth program, and the various shows, past and present, put on at the playhouse.


Episode 100 - Mike Hoffmann Jr, Assistant Director of Jetty Park in Port Canaveral.

Welcome back to 321 Lift Off. Join us as we speak with Mike Hoffmann Jr, Assistant Director of Jetty Park in Port Canaveral.

Jetty Park is its own secluded, tropical paradise that the locals love, and people from all over the world come to see for themselves. Located only seconds away from the beach, Jetty Park is one of the most popular destinations in Brevard County.

We will be onsite at Jetty Park discussing the different amenities and activities guests can experience throughout the thirty-plus acres that makes Jetty Park your exploration destination


Episode 99 - Bob Boswell, Volunteer Director of the Space Coast Air Show, and Bryan Lilley, Chairman of the National Air, Sea & Space Foundation.

Take flight with us on Friday, May 13, 2022, at 10 a.m. when we speak with Bob Boswell, Volunteer Director of the Space Coast Air Show, and Bryan Lilley, Chairman of the National Air, Sea & Space Foundation.

The Space Coast Air Show soars into the Space Coast Regional Airport on May 21-22, 2022, as the AirDotShow Live Tour returns to Florida’s Space Coast, the second destination on the 2022 Tour. 

We will be onsite at the Space Coast Regional Airport in Titusville at the Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum discussing the different demos, performers, aerobatics, and more for spectators to experience at the Space Coast Air Show!


Episode 98 - Madeline Stanley and Kate Stephens, Managers of the Antiques and Uniques Vintage Market in Melbourne.

Join us on Friday, May 6, 2022, at 10 a.m. when we speak with Madeline Stanley and Kate Stephens, Managers of the Antiques and Uniques Vintage Market. in Melbourne.

The Antiques and Uniques Vintage Market has 32,000 square feet of space that feature vendors with beautiful and interesting merchandise for its customers, including antiques, vintage finds, hand-crafted goods, collectibles, & curiosities.

We will be onsite at the Antiques and Uniques Vintage Market discussing the various items for sale like antiques, collectibles, and artwork.


Episode 97Thunder on Cocoa Beach Event Directors Kerry Bartlett and Mike Schwarz.

Join us on Friday, April 29, 2022, at 10 a.m. when we speak with Thunder on Cocoa Beach Event Directors Kerry Bartlett and Mike Schwarz.

Twelve years ago, four local guys decided to start Thunder on Cocoa Beach. Over the twelve years, the Directors and longtime friends - Kerry, Mike, Rich, and Kevin - have created a family, fun-filled, four-day event that has grown in scope of race events, participants, ecologic attention, and effects on the local community.

We will be at Fishlips in beautiful Port Canaveral, discussing the adrenaline these powerboats bring to Cocoa Beach, the competitive edge needed for speed boat racing, and this year's schedule of events featuring more world-class race teams than ever before!


Episode 96 - Tourism Talk with Peter Cranis, Executive Director, and Charity Stewart, Marketing Director of the Space Coast Office of Tourism. 

Join us on Friday, April 22, 2022, at 10 a.m. for a Tourism Talk!

Florida’s Space Coast is home to Orlando’s closest beaches, 35 miles to the east, stretching 72 miles along the coastline, and is the East Coast surfing capital. Visitors can discover the beauty of nature in more than 250 square miles of wildlife refuge, Brevard Zoo, and the Indian River Lagoon. Launches are visible across the county from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, the only location in America where astronauts launch into space.

We will be speaking with our guests, Peter Cranis and Charity Stewart with the Space Coast Office of Tourism, who will be giving us updates on new attractions, new hotels, and special events along Florida’s Space Coast.


Episode 95 - Johana Gant, Event Organizer of the 37th Melbourne Arts Festival.

Join us on Friday, April 15, 2022, at 10 a.m., when we speak with Johana Gant, Event Organizer of the 37th Melbourne Arts Festival.

The Melbourne Art Festival, scheduled this year for April 23-24, 2022, is a nationally recognized juried fine art show held annually at Wickham Park.

We will be discussing the various festivities that attendees of the Arts Festival will experience, including free art projects for children and live entertainment throughout the weekend!


Episode 94 - Onsite at Brevard Bed and Biscuit, a subsidiary of the Brevard Humane Society.

Join us on Friday, April 8, 2022, at 10 a.m., at Brevard Bed and Biscuit, a subsidiary of the Brevard Humane Society.

Brevard Bed and Biscuit is the Space Coast's Premier Pet Hotel and Playcare Center that offers state-of-the-art suites full of comfort, safety, and luxury for your fur baby, and it is open 24/7!

We will be on location at the Bed and Biscuit with Theresa Clifton, Executive Director of the Brevard Humane Society, discussing the various amenities your pet can experience during their luxurious staycation.


Episode 93 - Onsite at the Lawndale Museum (The Hiram Smith Williams Home) in Rockledge.

Join us on Friday, April 1, 2022, at 10 a.m., at the Lawndale Museum (The Hiram Smith Williams Home) in Rockledge.

Lawndale is a historic home in Rockledge, Florida, built by Hiram Smith Williams, a carriage builder by trade. Williams came to Florida from Alabama to find new prospects during the economic turmoil of the Reconstruction period following the Civil War. He began working to promote and lead the community, became the first postmaster for Rockledge, served as County Treasurer, served as a State Senator in the mid-1880s, and established the Brevard Telephone Company later in life.

We will be on location at the museum speaking with the docents (guides), exploring the history of the historic home and the Williams family who created it.


Episode 92 - Mark Grainger of Cocoa Beach Dolphin Tours, operated by Island Boat Lines.

Join us on Friday, March 25, 2022, at 10 a.m., when we speak with Mark Grainger of Cocoa Beach Dolphin Tours, operated by Island Boat Lines.

Cocoa Beach Dolphin Tours offers numerous tours from various locations, offering fun for the whole family on Florida's Space Coast.

We will be discussing the various scenic wildlife tours, sunset cruises, and launch viewing cruises on pontoon boats.


Episode 91 - Elaine Larsen of Larsen Motorsports.

Join us on Friday, March 18, 2022, at 10 a.m., when we speak with drag racer Elaine Larsen of Larsen Motorsports.

Elaine Larsen has over 20 years of drag racing experience behind the wheel of her jet dragsters. Her motto is Live Fast and Play Hard, and she practices what she preaches. Based in Palm Bay, FL, the headquarters of Larsen Motorsports has embedded itself within the heart of Florida’s Space Coast manufacturing and technology corridor.

We will be on location at Larsen Motorsports with Elaine Larsen discussing her career and being a positive female role model to girls of all ages.


Episode 90 - Heather Lewis, Marketing Director for Ron Jon Surf Shop, and Mitch Varnes, Event Director of the Ron Jon Beach 'N Boards Fest.

Join us on Friday, March 4, 2022, at 10 a.m., when we speak with Heather Lewis, Marketing Director for Ron Jon Surf Shop, and Mitch Varnes, Event Director of the Ron Jon Beach 'N Boards Fest.

Ron Jon Beach ‘N Boards Fest has been the Nation’s premier active lifestyle Spring Break destination since 2013. With almost every type of boarding sport under the sun, Cocoa Beach and the Ron Jon Beach ‘N Boards Fest will be the place to be March 9-13, 2022!

We will be discussing this year's Beach 'N Boards Fest events, including surf competitions, paddleboard races, fishing tournaments, a surf off, skating contests, and more.


Episode 89 - Nina Gadodia and Yasmin Majeed, 2022 Committee Members for Indiafest.

Join us on Friday, February 25, 2022, at 10 a.m., when we speak with Nina Gadodia and Yasmin Majeed, 2022 Committee Members for Indiafest.

Indiafest is a fun family festival sharing the Indian culture in Brevard County, catering to all age groups with hands-on activities for the youth and mouth-watering Indian cuisine for all to enjoy.

We will be discussing the highlights of the festival, including live traditional Indian music, Yoga and Zumba demonstrations, traditional folk, classical, and modern Indian dances, and even a fashion show!


Episode 88 - Ashley Nelsen with NASA's Exploration Ground Systems.

Blast off with us on Friday, February 18, 2022, at 10 a.m., when we speak with Ashley Nelsen with NASA's Exploration Ground Systems.

Exploration Ground Systems at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center develops and operates the systems and facilities necessary to process and launch rockets and spacecrafts during assembly, transport, and launch.

We will be discussing the highlights of the Artemis I Program, NASA's newest program to return astronauts to the moon by 2024. They plan to land the first woman and first person of color on the moon, using innovative technologies to explore more of the lunar surface than ever before.


Episode 87 - Cocoa Beach Fish Camp Grill

Join us on Friday, February 11, 2022, at 10 a.m. when we take a visit to Cocoa Beach Fish Camp Grill.

Cocoa Beach Fish Camp Grill is Cocoa Beach's only Fish Camp that features Swamp food with flair!

We will be discussing this funky eatery with a patio and live music whipping up frogs legs, gumbo, BBQ smoked voodoo wings, and jambalaya. It's a Bayou at the Beach!


Episode 86 - Ron Folino of Oceanside Distillery

Join us on Friday, February 4, 2022, at 10 a.m. when we are on-site at Oceanside Distillery in Cocoa Beach.

The story of Oceanside started with two brothers who had a dream of making craft spirits on Florida’s Space Coast using the very best Florida and regionally sourced ingredients, the best oak barrels, and some of the most technically advanced distilling equipment.

We will be discussing the various types of "Fresh from Florida Spirits" distilled right here on the Space Coast and the behind-the-scenes tours offered, where you can hear from industry experts on the distilling process.


Episode 85 - Lina and Jeremy Graves, owners of Romelia Farms.

Join us on Friday, January 28, 2022, at 10 a.m. when we speak with Lina and Jeremy Graves, owners of Romelia Farms in Merritt Island.

Romelia Farms is a 27-acre wildlife preserve and exotic petting farm/zoo with fishing ponds that focus on the education & preservation of the animals.

We will be discussing the petting farm, which is home to various animals like sloths, a kangaroo, ring-tailed lemurs, and camels, to name a few. The farm also offers horseback trail rides, hayrides, pony-style rides for the kids, gem mining, and even a recycle playground.


Episode 84 - Nancy Peltonen President and CEO of the Greater Palm Bay Area Chamber of Commerce.

Join us on Friday, January 21, 2022, at 10 a.m. when we speak with Nancy Peltonen, President, and CEO of the Greater Palm Bay Area Chamber of Commerce.

The Greater Palm Bay Area Chamber of Commerce supports all businesses across all industries in the city. They attract, support, and grow business through advocacy, economic development, and business development.

We will be discussing the first annual Multicultural Festival scheduled for Saturday, January 29, at Fred Poppe Regional Park, hosted by the Greater Palm Bay Area Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with the City of Palm Bay.


Episode 83 Jimmy Lane President and CEO of the Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce

Join us on Friday, January 14, 2022, at 10 a.m. when we speak with Jimmy Lane, President, and CEO of the Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce.

The Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce serves as the voice of business, enhances the quality of life in the community, and acts as a catalyst for business success.

We will be discussing Mr. Lane's plans for activities in the Cocoa Beach area and how he and his family are enjoying their new lifestyle on the Space Coast.


Episode 82 - LIVE from the Brevard Renaissance Fair

Join us on Friday, January 7, 2022, LIVE from the Brevard Renaissance Fair.

Gather one and all for the 7th season of the Brevard Renaissance Fair in the Forest of Wickham Park in Melbourne, Florida.

We will be podcasting live from the Renaissance Fair, which features colorful characters, dancing, and more. With over 100 stage shows daily, varieties of foods and treats, and numerous artisan merchants with handcrafted wares, the Brevard Renaissance Fair invites guests to immerse themselves in a unique experience of History and Fantasy!


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